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Free or Lower-Cost Resources

Below are free or lower-cost resources from the University Library, Bookstore Services, and the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Resources from the University Library

Lib Guides – use this guide to develop materials in response to the AL$ campaign

OER Commons – public digital library of OER

Open Textbook Library – make a difference in your students’ lives with free, openly-license textbooks

Mason OER Metafinder (MOM) – real-time federated search for OER content

OpenStax – non-profit from Rice University whose mission is to give every student the tools they need to be successful in the classroom

Resources from the Bookstore Services

Day One Digital Access (D1DA) – digital course materials program through BeachBoard

Course Packets and Custom Publishing – create, customize, and publish course packs/readers through CSULB

BeachBookCompare.com – price comparison shopping site for students which includes online marketplace such as Amazon, Abebooks, etc.

Faculty Textbook Adoptions – timely submission of textbook information means more used books, rentals, and other lower cost alternatives

Resources from the CSU Chancellor’s Office

MERLOT – Search for over 7,500 FREE and OPEN access textbooks and over 92,000 open course materials

Cool4Ed – Search for over 400 FREE and OPEN textbooks from across 97 unique courses. You can now view CA higher ed faculty reviews from the UC, CSU, and CCC and see which campuses utilize specific OERs

LibreTexts – multi-institutional collaborative venture to develop the next generation of open-access texts for STEM, Social Sciences, and the Humanities

Skills Commons – FREE and OPEN digital library of workforce training materials.